Kaizer Chiefs visit Bidvest Wits this weekend, in their quest to win their first silverware since Steve Khompela was appointed as head coach.
Chiefs lost in the Final of the Telkom Knockout three seasons ago against Mamelodi Sundowns.
They will be hoping to beat Wits and go on to win the tournament this time.
Currently on a 5 match unbeaten run, Kaizer Chiefs visit Bidvest Wits with high hopes of progressing to the Telkom Knockout Final.
They last played and lost in the final two seasons ago.
Head coach Steve Khompela, has not won a trophy in his time at the team and he knows that without trophies the fans will always want him fired since they are used to celebrating success.
However, they face a team that is struggling and will look forward to gaining confidence with a good cup run, but Khompela knows it won’t be easy facing Wits:
“Knockout matches are very difficult they are more like derbies and Bidvest have not changed they are still the same team with the same coach and we just have to prepare to the best of our abilities, they still have good players, good coach and surely he’d want to say to them listen we not doing that well in the league so let’s try get something out of the cup completion, so it’s going to be one.”
Having been called to stand in for injured Tshepo Masilela, Philani Zulu has shown his quality as a left back and put up his hands to show that he wants to play regularly, he has been in fine form this season.
Zulu also has the same sentiments as his coach, the match over the weekend will be a tight one against the Students says:
“Saturday’s game is like a cup final before the cup final for us. It’s a very big game and whoever wins the game has a better chance of winning the cup not that I’m taking the other teams lightly, but on paper if you look at this is our biggest game for us cause if we win this game, we in the final and there onwards we will see what happens.”
Two years without silverware is something Chiefs is not used to.
Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso believes this is the time to end that drought, because it’s difficult as an Amakhosi player not to be winning trophies like they supposed to, he further elaborated:
“It’s going to be a good match Wits aren’t a walkover, they won the league last season so it’s going to be a good game this weekend and we want to get silverware this year, two years going without silverware is a bit of a tough one for us and this is a chance again.”
In the other semi-final Polokwane City will host Bloemfontein Celtic who are on a high after eliminating Cup specialists Supersport United.
Celtic will travel to Polokwane with high hopes of getting into the final of the tournament they won back in 2012.